March 19 2011

Carlo & Ine wedding and an early morning by my weekend standards as I had to start shooting Ine's prep at 9. After a week of shitty, chilly weather, the sun came out just in time - a lovely day in a lovely place, Fonteinhof in Borgloon (Limbourg region which I had never been to yet). The dancing didn't start till past midnight by which time I was too exhausted to bust a move so packed up my lenses and headed home. More shooting tomorrow. I can't ruin it for the bride and groom by posting shots of them and I have a lot of editing to get through, but I spotted this in the pile for now.

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March 18 2011

Pissing with rain most of the day. Matthew pitched up from London and hung out at ours for a bit before heading out for Alessandro's birthday. Quick stop at Delecta followed by dinner at Le Roi du Poulet, a Brussels classic. Headed home early in prep for an early start tomorrow but Angie had Lea, Angele and Klemen at home so hung out with them till way past my bed time.

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March 17 2011

Quick trip to the dentist this morning - I was begging for super strength painkillers/antibiotics... anything to make it go away but she's not 'that' kind of dentist and instead stuffed some algae into the hole! Surprisingly, it did seem to help. Henri came by in the evening for life planning discussions, some good ideas were thrown about and an acceptable dish of pasta was consumed.

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March 16 2011

Still not allowed to exercise properly so I walked around the Flagey lakes with my camera while Angie and Mireille went for a run. Bumped into Claire and Flip on the way home, which is the nice thing about this city -  and the fact most of my friends live within a 2k radius. I remember being completely astounded everytime I bumped into anyone when I first moved here from London - where  randomly meeting someone you know is considered a mini-miracle, as is acknowledging them rather than staring into the distance pretending not to see them. Off to see Noam Chomsky speak on the economic crisis, war and social transformation at the ULB - a wonderful privilege, so inspiring and thought inducing - and amazing how active and quick his brain is at 82.

March 16 2011

Still not allowed to exercise properly so I walked around the Flagey lakes with my camera while Angie and Mireille went for a run. Bumped into Claire and Flip on the way home, which is the nice thing about this city -  and the fact most of my friends live within a 2k radius. I remember being completely astounded everytime I bumped into anyone when I first moved here from London - where  randomly meeting someone you know is considered a mini-miracle, as is acknowledging them rather than staring into the distance pretending not to see them. Off to see Noam Chomsky speak on the economic crisis, war and social transformation at the ULB - a wonderful privilege, so inspiring and thought inducing - and amazing how active and quick his brain is at 82.

March 16 2011

Still not allowed to exercise properly so I walked around the Flagey lakes with my camera while Angie and Mireille went for a run. Bumped into Claire and Flip on the way home, which is the nice thing about this city -  and the fact most of my friends live within a 2k radius. I remember being completely astounded everytime I bumped into anyone when I first moved here from London - where  randomly meeting someone you know is considered a mini-miracle, as is acknowledging them rather than staring into the distance pretending not to see them. Off to see Noam Chomsky speak on the economic crisis, war and social transformation at the ULB - a wonderful privilege, so inspiring and thought inducing - and amazing how active and quick his brain is at 82.

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March 13 2011

Feeling a little rough on waking but restored by strong coffee, german  bread, eggs, mozarella and tomato salad, ham etc... yum. Cruised over to the cathedral and walked around the area for a bit. The train station backs onto the cathedral and there is a pretty railway bridge crossing the Rhine which is covered in thousands and thousands of engraved padlocks. The tradition is apparently for couples to engrave their names on the padlocks, lock them onto the bridge and throw the key into the Rhine - a nice idea and quite impressive to look at.

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March 11 2011

I did way more sport than my old bones are used to today - biked to St Gilles and back in the morning, then to Uccle where I met Marie to go swimming at the Piscine Longchamp, which is the nicest pool in Brussels that I know of. We then walked Phebus through the adjoining forest before I biked back ... a sort of beginner's triathlon. Met with Nora, the Maries, Luc and Angie at Mamma Roma's in Flagey where I stuffed my face with pizza al taglio, quick beer in Belga followed by the  Anima festival to see a series of short animated films from across the world. Nora crashed at ours.

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March 09 2011

Watched 'The Kids are Alright' in the middle of the day which felt slightly naughty, but I'm feeling a bit ill, so thought I could justify it that way. It's a brilliant film, so simple, well acted and nice to see a realistic portrayal of a gay couple, devoid of clichés. Mireille came over for dinner and games. Photo is little Léonie shot yesterday.

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March 08 2011

International Woman's day today, but also Marley's birthday (we don't actually have any idea when he was born, but decided he should be a feminist). Had lunch with Claire and baby Léonie, meetings in the pm and then readying myself for the Big Game. Henri, Marie, Ema, Luc, Marie and baby Melodi over for homemade burgers, beer and football. The food and beer were good.

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